You can’t head abroad without a bucket list! While spending a summer or semester abroad seems like enough time to see everything, the days will pass quicker than you can imagine.
While we never think you should tie yourself to a “must complete” bucket list, we definitely believe in knowing the best experience to have in and outside your study abroad host city. That’s why we’re taking the hard work out of bucket list building for you.
If you’re heading abroad on our newest program in Kraków, Poland, make sure to cross these 10 things off your list!
10 bucket list items to complete during your study abroad in Kraków, Poland
1. Get the best views from Kościuszko Mound
Located in the western part of Kraków, Kościuszko Mound is the place to go for the best views of the city and Vistula River. You’ll follow a snake-like walking path up to the top of the mound which is approximately 1,070 feet above sea level.
2. Discover the street art scene
Poland has a long, deep-rooted history and tradition in graphic art specifically in large poster design that flourished under communism. Over the years this has translated into street art. Wildly popular, it’s worth it to spend some time exploring the different street art scattered around Kraków. We recommend making it a goal to find something new every weekend!
3. Explore the Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter, also known as Kazimierz has had its ups and downs but today is the most exciting district in the city. Kazimierz was the center of Jewish life for more than 500 years and became one of the most dreaded neighborhoods during World War II. Thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure, the neighborhood made a comeback in the 1990s. Today, the Jewish Quarter is the place to go for shopping, eating, exploring, and nightlife.
4. Visit the Wawel Castle on the Vistula River
Located in central Kraków right by the Vistula River, Wawel Castle is one of the largest in Poland. The castle represents a variety of European architectural styles including medieval, renaissance, and baroque. You’ll love spending the day walking around the castle and visiting the art museum.
5. Take a trip to the Oskar Schindler Factory
Formerly a metal factory, Oskar Schindler’s Factory is now the host to two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Be sure to check out the museum on a Monday when admission is free.
Participate in the following free field trips
6. Wieliczka Salt Mine
A UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, the Wieliczka Mine was one of the world’s oldest salt mines in operation until it stopped producing salt in 2007. The mine is deep and full of tunnels, as well as spectacular chapels with sculptures of the country’s most beloved figures – all carved out of salt. Included in your program fees we’ll provide a guided tour of this amazing place.
7. Auschwitz Concentration Camp
The largest concentration camp established during the Nazi regime in World War II, this included field trip is a somber journey but worth the tour. The history within the walls will bring anything you’ve read or watched to life for an unforgettable field trip.
8. Zakopane and Tatra Mountains
For no additional fee, we’ll round you up and head outside the city to the tallest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. You’ll have a day filled with hiking, exploring, and enjoying the architecture, folk costumes and jewelry of Zakopane.
Take advantage of optional tours
For a small additional fee, you can take a guided tour with USAC to the capital and largest city in Poland. The city was rebuilt after it’s downfall during World War II. This tour will provide a walk around Old Town, plenty of history and enjoying some local cuisine. Plus you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own.
10. Vienna and Budapest
You can’t be so close to Hungary without adding on a visit! Join USAC for this multi-day optional tour that will show you UNESCO World Heritage Sites, famous art, architecture, and museums in two of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own and enjoy everything that Vienna and Budpest have to offer.
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